If Trend Continues for the Rest of 2020, Nonprofits Will Lose More than $25 Billion Giving to charitable organizations is down by 6% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same time last year, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2020 First Quarter Report. The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) is the provider of the Growth in Giving Database, the world’s largest publicly… Read more »
The City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs (WCIA) has partnered with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) to establish the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund, a public-private effort providing $500,000 in financial assistance to individuals and families ineligible for federal COVID-19 relief programs. The Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund will be administered by the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT). The $500,000 will be disbursed to Dallas families who have been severely financially impacted… Read more »
Horizon Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) have awarded a $36,000 Partnership Grant Program (PGP) award to Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corp. to assist people whose livelihoods were impacted by COVID-19. Horizon Bank & FHLB Dallas have awarded a $36K grant to Neighborhood Development Corp. in Austin, TX, to assist people impacted by COVID-19. PGP grants help qualified nonprofit organizations… Read more »
These are really dark days. We are in midst of a global pandemic that shows no sign of weakening, while we simultaneously begin to reckon with centuries of racial violence and inequality. Emotions are running high. People are worn out. There is simply a pallor of exhaustion, hopelessness, overwhelm that pervades much of our world right now. I get it. I see it in… Read more »
This year has been an unprecedented and challenging year for the whole world and the organizations affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic and its effects on beings, human and animals. We at the sanctuary have been less effected than many organizations; our main issues have been the loss of most of our interns (who returned to their home quarantine) and the loss of some of our… Read more »
In the wake of COVID-19, there has been a lot of discussion — especially in the blogosphere — about foundations “digging deep” both by increasing annual spending and potentially spending down endowment assets. To some voices in philanthropy — including the Ford Foundation’s Hillary Pennington (Bell, 2020), Benjamin Soskis (2020) of HistPhil and the Urban Institute, and the Libra Foundation’s (2020) Crystal Hayling — the magnitude of the crisis demands considering all financial resources. Over 300 donors and grantmakers have now signed a joint letter asking Congress to temporarily raise minimum foundation payout levels and set a payout requirement for the first time for Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) to respond to the unprecedented need among nonprofits (Daniels, 2020).
COVID-19 is the global pandemic of the generation. Operating under crisis is often the norm for nonprofit organizations, and COVID-19 is revealing the complexity of global crises and their bearing on self-care for individuals in the sector. As parts of the world enter recovery and rebuilding in this new reality, the continued challenge will be to redefine post-coronavirus self-care for millions of professional helpers… Read more »
Funds will cover grantmaking aligned with each foundation’s mission, including racial equity and social justice, arts and culture, higher education, human services, climate solutions, and other areas to provide financial support to communities that are most vulnerable and hardest hit by the impact of COVID-19.
Over 16,000 students in PISD participate in the free and reduced meal program. Yesterday, 700+ Families in need of a breakfast or lunch stopped by designated PISD facilities to receive a meal for the day. Due to the increased need for families affected by the economic effects of The Coronavirus, Minnie’s Food Pantry has been contacted by Plano Independent School District to assist these… Read more »
The health and wellbeing of our community is a top priority for North Texas Community Foundation. We are closely monitoring the local impact of the global coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. We are working in close collaboration with our partners to ensure we’re ready and available to mobilize resources where they are most needed. GRANTMAKING In times like these, philanthropy becomes even more important. The COVID-19… Read more »
Meals on Wheels North Central Texas has a special project that I would like to see funded. This project will allow the nonprofit to provide even more meals for hungry seniors. No senior should face hunger. Help them raise $75,000 now. This is what executive director, Christine Hockin-Boyd told us: “We have added an additional 148 seniors on to meal service since the pandemic… Read more »
If ever there was a time for foundations to consider permanently accelerating the pace and volume of giving, it’s now. Here’s how the positive changes in individual and institutional philanthropy sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic can take root and grow. The philanthropic response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the sector at its best. From the launch of community-based rapid-response funds to the development of diagnostics and vaccines, philanthropy is showing up both to help flatten the curve in the short term and to address the inequities the crisis will exacerbate over the long term.
Texas State University is putting idled 3D printers to work producing swabs for COVID-19 tests. Texas State got involved in the project when the City of Austin approached the university to assist in the vetting of a 3D printed prototype of a swab that could be used for testing. Currently, the primary bottleneck to increase testing capabilities in Texas as well as the U.S.… Read more »
Igloo proudly announced the donation of $203,794 in the fight against COVID-19. From March 19th through May 1st, Igloo had pledged 100% of the profits from all Playmate Coolers sold on Igloocoolers.com to benefit the CDC Foundation and the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. As of today, the funds have been delivered to these partner organizations. Igloo donates $203,794 in the fight against COVID-19. Funds… Read more »
Last week’s report on unemploymentunderscored the catastrophic impact the coronavirus outbreak has had on the U.S. economy. The focus in many states has now turned to reopening businesses and getting people back to work. However, most Americans – including 68% of those who have lost their jobs or taken a cut in pay due to the coronavirus outbreak – are concerned that state governments… Read more »
oday, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $750,000 in funding to support five distinct projects studying how COVID-19 progresses in patients at the level of individual cells and tissues. This work will generate some of the first single-cell biology datasets from donors infected by SARS-CoV2 and provide critical insights into how the virus infects humans, which cell types are involved, and how the disease… Read more »
Welcome Back to SAMA! We’re excited to announce that SAMA is ready to welcome you back in the galleries at a safely limited capacity beginning Tuesday, May 26, for our members and on Thursday, May 28, for all visitors. Please note our updated hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. We’re open late on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10… Read more »
As the House of Representatives is on the verge of acting on H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, the nation’s charitable nonprofits strongly urge leaders in both the House and Senate to take swift action to ensure that nonprofits of all sizes receive critical relief so they can continue to serve their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We are grateful that the HEROES… Read more »
Foundations’ engagement in public policy has contributed to advances in society in areas from civil rights to consumer protections to public health. At the same time, and with greater intensity in recent years, the role of philanthropy in influencing policy has been the subject of scrutiny. How many foundations are working to influence policy? What are they seeking to accomplish through this work? What… Read more »
One possible next normal is that decisions made during and after the crisis lead to less prosperity, slower growth, widening inequality, bloated government bureaucracies, and rigid borders. Or it could be that the decisions made during this crisis lead to a burst of innovation and productivity, more resilient industries, smarter government at all levels, and the emergence of a reconnected world. Neither is inevitable; indeed, the outcome is probably more likely to be a mix.